|Storm Eagle gunship ready to fly in support of the VI Legion on the tabletop.|
|View of the top, showing a crew access hatch, and the rocket launchers (not sure how those get to ground targets, but it's 30k, let's not worry over such things).|
|View from the front - twin heavy bolters, ready for strafing - and there is also an access ramp in the nose.|
|Twin lascannons under each wing.|
|It's a little precarious up on that flight stand...|
|There was an option to mount multi-meltas, but I just didn't see those as "strafing" weapons, and opted for the heavy bolters instead.|
|Close up of one of the twin-lascannon mounts under the wings.|
|One of the side access hatches.|
|Main access ramp for troops and cargo is at the back.|
This is always disappointing to see with such an expensive model kit, but this is par for the course with Forge World kits (not all of them, of course, but enough of them). Certainly I was fortunate that Steve helped with the assembly - I could not have built it properly myself...
|A look at some of the decals on the wings...|
|Another partial profile view of the main body of the craft.|
I painted the pilot and the cockpit, and then painted the cockpit cover separately, before adding the plastic canpoy. Unfortunately the spars that should go over the canopy to help hold it in place were not packed in the kit properly - there were two for the left side. So I just left them off - they are not strictly necessary.
The base coat was "Mechanicus Standard Grey", followed by a layer of "Dawnstone", a recess wash of "Agrax Earthshade" and edge highlighting of "Administratum Grey". The red is "Khorne Red", edge chipped with "Mephiston Red". I sponge-chipped the whole thing with "Eshin Grey", then went to work on the various lenses, metallics etc. There were a few spots where I was able to make use of GW's new Contrast Paint range...usually on metallic components, a good way to give a bit of colour and/or shade - especially for the buttons on the cockpit controls etc.
|WIP,early stages, some base grey and metal paints on the model.|
|Another WIP photo...this was the 50% done stage...|
This beast will carry the warriors of The Rout into battle in style, conveying them safely to a hot LZ and then sticking around to provide some fire support. With lascannons, heavy bolters and missiles, the Storm Eagle will bring the vengeance of the Vylka Fenryka to a 30k tabletop sometime soon...at least, I hope it will be sometime soon - our common lament. When the time comes, I have a feeling we will be playing a HUGE game of Horus Heresy...but until then, we can all stay safe and keep painting.
|VI Legion models give a sense of the size...certainly this is no Thunderhawk, but it's a big model.|
PS - I still have another one of these models to go! We'll see which Legion gets that one...